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DIY Art Center Yarn Cans

diy art center yarn cans

I put together these cute yarn cans for my self-help art shelf. They are easy to make and keep the yarn contained and neat. I used plastic mason jars, but any plastic container with a lid will do. Simply fill the container with yarn, poke a hole in the lid, and pull a small amount of yarn through the hole. The children can then pull out the length of yarn they want, and cut with scissors (this may take some supervision with younger children). Finally, label the can with the corresponding color name of yarn.

MATERIALS USED:

– Yarn
– Plastic containers with lids
Our free color labels


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Pumpkin Seed Counting Activity

pumpkin seed counting activity

I strive to make learning appealing to my students, and I have found that they are really drawn to these pumpkin seed counting sheets. Give each child a small container of pumpkin seeds and direct your preschoolers to count out the number of seeds that match the dots on each pumpkin, then have them place the correct number of seeds on the pumpkin. This hands on activity will help children to understand, and learn a very significant math skill; one-to-one correspondence.

Materials Used:

– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue
– Pumpkin seeds
– Marker (for dots)
Our free pumpkin templates


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Apple Lacing Cards

apple lacing cards

These colorful lacing apples are the perfect table top activity for fall. They keep my preschoolers happily amused, and help to improve fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They also increase their ability to concentrate. While supervising this activity, put an emphasis on the in and out motion, and encourage proper hole placement for the shoe lace. Some children will pick this concept up quickly, while others will simply want to lace it their way.

Materials Used:

Foam sheets
Shoe laces
Hole punch
Our free apple template


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